Ebola At The General Assembly: How Can The UN Stop This Disease?

By Andrew Friedman, 05:14am AFKI Original

On Thursday the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution creating the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, or UNMEER. The Security Council similarly jumped on board, calling the outbreak “a threat to international peace and security.” This is the first time the UN has taken such a step to combat a disease since the creation of UNAIDS in 1996. In a statement Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon acknowledged the tremendous problem posed by the disease across West Africa, saying “The establishment of the UNMEER is just the beginning. We will need to stay engaged, and we will need to reach new heights of cooperation. No single State, and no single organization, can do this alone.”

How Investment Firms Can Manage Corruption Risk In Africa

Civil society groups in Cape Town, South Africa, protested against the Protection of State Information Bill, dubbed the secrecy bill. (Photo By Anna B. Wroblewska, 05:26am AFKI Original

Funds operating in markets like Africa face myriad potential issues with both investors and acquisition targets. As of 2013, fully 90 percent of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa score below 50 on Transparency International’s most recent Corruptions Perceptions Index, a rating that indicates a “serious corruption problem,” according to the organization.

How One Non-Profit Is Bringing Free Wi-Fi To South Africa’s Poor

By Dana Sanchez, 11:23am AFKI Original

Alan Knott-Craig Jr. believes everyone should have the right to free Internet access and he managed to convince local South African governments that he is right. Project Isizwe rolled out six weeks ago in the some of the poorest parts of Pretoria, such as Melody and Atridgeville townships.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ernest Bai Koroma By Keren Mikva, 01:29pm AFKI Original

On July 23, 2007, Koroma was allegedly the target of an assassination attempt led by Tom Nyuma, a participant of the 1992 coup that ousted the APC from power. According to reports, Nyuma led a group of armed men to Koroma’s hotel in Bo an attempted to kill him

10 Gorgeous Public Buildings In South Africa

Wikipedia By Julia Austin, 02:09pm AFKI Original

This regal and impressive building sits at the front of Church Square and was most likely built in the nineteenth century. Like its neighboring structures, The Palace was built in a Dutch style. It is currently the headquarters of the Gauteng Division of the High Court of South Africa.

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